French and Indian War
The first battle between the French and British was the Ohio River Valley. This started when the French had staked claim to the same land that was granted to the English from King GeorgeII. The French built Fort Duquesne at the interval of Allegheny and Monongahela rivers. Appointed to lead young George Washington took troops to Duquesne, to warn the French to leave the territory they had claimed for it was not theirs.(Muntone1) After laughing off the warning and taking over the fort that was built by the British, the French had ensued the fighting. Although Washington was made Lieutenant Colonel and authorized to use force the British side was defeated. Losing the battle of Fort Duquesne was not good for the British as the French began to plot, with the Indians as allies they were ready for war.
The French had gained the Indians as allies because of the trusting relationship they had previously established. The Fur-Trade which was the backbone to the two colonies relationship brought tribes financial profits and means of acquiring weapons and tools.(Muntone3) The French had not tried to seize Indian lands or build permanent towns/cities, and lastly many French had followed Samuel de Champlain’s example of learning Indian culture.(Muntone3) The British did have a nice communication with Indians until the colonial population grew and the colonists needed more land. The land they proceeded to take were tribal land, and the Indians retaliated by fighting (ambushing) and kidnapping settlers. Fighting the Indians however was easy for the
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